TUI Discovery Named in Panama

By ,   June 10, 2016 ,   Cruise Industry

Built in 1995 for Royal Caribbean International, the former Splendour of the Seas - TUI Discovery - completed a GBP 10 million refurbishment at Navantia yard, Cadiz and was named Thursday evening in Palma in front of an audience of about 600 Thomson suppliers, travel agents and media.

Twin godmothers for the event were a couple of crew members - a bar waitress from the Philippines and a head waiter from east India. The after party took place on the vessel's top deck and featured music and dances from some destinations Thomson Cruises visits: France, Italy, Spain, Greece, the Caribbean and Middle East.

Headling the event was Jess Glynne, UK singer who performed with her live band in a 30-minute set which had guests dancing on the decks. During a tour of ship's key new features,

During the drydock the vessel's livery was repainted with new blue wave design. The refurbishment included creating new venues like Live Room and Break Out & Escape (where up to 6 passengers are locked into a room and need to solve clues inside an hour to secure release) from scratch.

Thomson's latest cruise ship was just the start of a major fleet expansion which would see Legend of the Seas becoming TUI Discovery 2 (2017) followed by the addition of the old Mein Schiff 1 (2018) and the old Mein Schiff 2 (2019). 

Thomson Majesty and Thomson Spirit leave the fleet in the end of 2017, while Thomson Dream and Celebration remain.